The basic formula for experiencing higher quality living has been pointed out by many traditions as being aware that the discomfort or 'suffering' of our day-to-day lives is basically of our own doing, and then changing our lives accordingly. The key to avoiding or not having such experiences, and improving the quality of life, lies in skillful living. In a nutshell, what is often referred to as a "Spiritual Path" is simply intentional, contemplative living. It's not so much a metaphysical thing as it is a matter of choices and right-action. For most of us there are no once-in-a-lifetime, fireworks-style, immediate awakening experiences. Rather, what we seek is found in the every day inordinary. Intentional living is inordinary, because those of us who live this way are in the overall minority. As noted in the quote above, just look around. Our neighbors, loved ones, teachers, co-workers are all so caught up in the Matrix, that not only do they not notice, but in many cases they would rather die than live another way.
But this is not about the 'ordinary', it is about the inordinary. Higher-level, no-limit living is at our fingertips. Awakening isn't a product of will, but preparing the field, opening ourselves to it is. I am very reluctant to use the term "Spiritual Path" these day, because it implies going somewhere, traveling, searching. And that's not the way I see it. What we once searched for is and has been right here all along. Rather than search, I prefer to look about and open my mind and eyes. On the other hand, living an inordinary life, one that is as impeccable as possible, compassionate, healthy, rational, contemplative, peaceful, and healing can be seen as a following a path. So yes, in that case I have and do take the path less travelled. And it indeed it has and does make all the difference.